DIY Candy Corn Waterbottle

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One of our favorite things to do at home is crafting and with Halloween right around the corner I knew we had to do something fun and unique! My kids actually don’t love the taste of pre-packaged water so we are always using reusable waterbottles or jugs at home. The kids always bring their favorite one to school, the park or just to use at bedtime.

So we decided to make this fun craft to look just like our favorite Halloween candy, Candy Corn! And will use it all October long!

What You Will Need:

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  1. White Reusable Water Bottle

  2. Paint of your choice

  3. Paint Brushes

  4. Glitter (Golden Yellow, Orange and Silvery White)

  5. Mod Podge

  6. Halloween Festive Stickers

First lay out a plastic lined table cloth to help with containing the mess. Glitter can get everywhere and this will help with clean up!

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Then, layout all the materials on a plate, I even added a cute little white pumpkin for them to decorate while they were at it!

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Plus, I of course had some yummy Candy Corn on hand to get them in the spirit!

Then help them with the spacing of the colors starting with yellow at the bottom, then the middle section in orange and the top in white.

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The glitter can be sprinkled right onto the wet paint.

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They added their own personal touches such as writing their names, adding candy corn stickers and just the right amount of glitter, and finished it off with a thick coat of water proof Mod Podge.

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Let dry over night and clean properly before use.

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Make Your Own Unicorn Bark

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What could be prettier than pink and purple chocolate covered in glitter!?!
Summer days call for tons of arts and crafts so I put together this fun do-it-yourself Unicorn Bark craft for Brinkley. 

It's fun and whimsical. Perfect for your girly girl! Even Brycen got in on the action. Who can resist a sweet treat, right?!

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Well, here is how to make this amazing creation! So easy and the kids will love it!

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Here is what you'll need:

  1. Colored Chocolate Melts (Purple, Pink, White, Teal)
  2. Edible Glitter and Sprinkles to match Colored Chocolate
  3. Cookie Sheet with tin foil 
  4. Non-stick spray
  5. Spatula
  6. 4 Medium Size Bowls
  7. Fork
  8. Unicorn Toy

First, start by covering the cookie sheet with tin foil. Then spray on the non-stick spray. 

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Place the chocolate melts in separate bowls. Microwave melts until they are completely melted. I like to put them in for 30 second increments. Keep stirring them in-between the 30 second cook time until they are complete melted. Don't over heat the chocolate! 

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Once the chocolate is melted, begin to layer in strips onto the cookie sheet. 

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Use the spatula to combine the colors together gently wiggling the spatula to create waves in the chocolate. Try not to over mix. You want to see the colors and not combine them too much.

Then use a fork to create spiraling patterns in the chocolate. Swirling the chocolate will definitely create a magical effect. Don't miss this step!

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The fun part is next! Adding the sparkle!!! Let your child have fun with this. Brinkley used the same color on each chocolate color. I love how this came out! Don't you?!! But this can be up to your little one to make it how they like! And taste testing is a must! 

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Once your masterpiece is created, let the chocolate cool and dry. This should take less than an hour. It will become hard and here is when my son stepped in! To smash the large block into smaller bite-size pieces. My kids just went for it and dropped the chocolate block over and over again until completely broken. See how happy they are... Enjoy! 

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RED, WHITE & BLUE Sensory Rice Bin

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I just love kid friendly crafts and what better time to make one than this 4th of July with this bright and colorful RED, WHITE & BLUE Sensory Rice Bin!

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If you have little kids or are just entertaining families who do, well, this is the perfect craft for you!  Having a very busy toddler of my own, I am always thinking of exciting new ways to keep him entertained. But this craft is not only great for pre-schoolers. My7 year-old daughter got in on the fun too! 

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Kids will just love this DIY craft and it is so easy you will love it too... it takes only minutes to prepare!

Here is what you'll need:

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  1. White Rice (uncooked)
  2. Distilled Vinegar
  3. Food Coloring
  4. 2 Large bowls and spatulas for mixing
  5. Measuring Cups and Spoons
  6. Large Bin for playtime

First, start by measuring out your rice. I used 3 cups of rice.

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Then add 2 tbls spoons of vinegar. Start out by adding 7-10 drops of food coloring. Combine.

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Add more food coloring as needed.  Let try for at least 1 hour. If you have time, let dry overnight to avoid any color from getting other hands.

Repeat in separate bowl for different colors.

Finally, add the rice in rows in a bin for the kids to mix and play with! Add fun sand toys like scoops and funnels. The kids will have blast with this!

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*TIP- To avoid a messy situation, use in the grass. The kids will inevitably pour some out of the bin during play time! If doing indoors, place a large mat under the bin for quick and somewhat easy clean up! 

Enjoy XO


 

No Melt Edible Ice Cream Playdoh

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Wait, what?!! No melt ice cream? Yes, it's true and the kids will love playing and rolling this mixture much like they would with actual playdoh! 

So, my kids have watched their fair share of youtube videos and this is something my daughter has been asking to make all school year long! Now that the sun is shining and we are spending our afternoons and even evenings outside enjoying the weather, I knew it was the perfect time to test out this theory! 

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I haven't seen the videos that she's watched but I knew the mixture is pretty much icing (store bought) and a TON of confectioners sugar. What's not to love about that!

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So here is what we did:

  1. Start by emptying an entire jar of the store bought cake icing into a medium size bowl
  2. Begin to mix in the confectioners sugar slowly. We used a silicone mixing spoon to combine but you can also do this in your stand mixer.
  3. Continue to add the confectioners sugar slowly until you get the desired consistency which is a thick non-sicky dough. 
  4. The kids can then add in their favorite colored sprinkles. Get creative! Use what you have at home! Nonpareilles work great or even try an edible glitter available at most craft stores in the cake decorating isle.
  5. Let the kids play with the mixture, roll it around and have fun adding the sprinkles! 

*Note- to make colored dough don't add food coloring it will become too sticky, just buy colored icing and follow the same directions!

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Then, to enjoy this treat, we stopped onto colorful ice-cream cones! This is perfect for outdoor fun in the summer, birthday parties or barbecues so you can pre-make them and not worry about them melting! 

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Everyone will love the fun and whimsy of this summery sweet treat!

 

Mix Medium Valentines Day Painting

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Love in the air! Set up a fun, beautiful and unique Valentine's Day craft that you will all enjoy! Why just make something to make it? Make a masterpiece with this stunning mix medium creation. 

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I had a ton of acrylic paints in the cabinet just sitting there until I had time to use them (which is NEVER! Let's face it!) 

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Rummage through your craft bin and find some other items to add texture. We used heart shaped glitter, regular glitter and I picked up a jar of glass bead and crackle paste so when it drys the artwork has dimension. I supplied candies, stickers, rose petals and as many things I could find to aid in the creative process. 

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You can also try pieces of tin foil, tissue paper or even actual sand to mix into the paint. Be creative! There is no right or wrong, just have fun and inspire your kids to try out other ways to create art. 

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Here is what you'll need:

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  • Paint (try something out of the norm like acrylic paints or water colors or BOTH!)
  • Canvas
  • Palatte 
  • Paint Brushes
  • Mix Medium Supplies
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Snowball Surprise Toss Game DIY

Tis' the season with this super fun DIY Snowball Surprise Toss Game perfect for the whole family! My kids are still obsessing over slime but what they didn't expect was to find a surprise inside! 

The winter can be long and keeping the kids excited and entertained isn't always easy. I knew I'd have to come up with a great way to make their 2 week long winter break a blast. That's why I created this ultimate slime surprise snowball toss game for them. 

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With two older kids who are super active and a toddler, doing crafts for all ages is tricky. While Brent was napping we created the slime and hit a little holiday trinket in each balloon. Then we added the different slime colors in separate balloons creating our snowballs!

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I set up a little area in the apartment for them to play the game with two metal pails. Each pail was a different point amount. So once all our snowballs were made, they had a blast tossing them and for once it didn't matter who won! The had so much fun sqeezing the squishy snowballs guessing what they thought was in each one. And when were all done playing, I let them open each snowball to reveal the secret surprise inside! Brent loved playing with all the holiday figurines and has been carrying around the pails filled with them all weekend! 

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Here is how to create this with your kids!

What you'll need:

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  • Clear glue
  • Glitter or Glitter Glue
  • Contact Solution
  • Baking Soda
  • White Balloons
  • Holiday or seasonal figurines
  • Tin Buckets
  • Cardboard and Marker

Start by making the slime:

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  • Start by adding the clear glue to a bowl (4 oz)
  • Then add the glitter - If using glitter glue like we did, add 2 table spoons of the glitter glue to the clear glue
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda
  • Combine these ingredients
  • Then add a table spoon of the eye contact solution
  • Stir and add more contact solution to get desired consistency 

Then, put the trinket or figurine into the balloon carefully not to puncture the balloon. Then add the slime into the balloon. You will only be able to add about a handful of slime. The best way we found was to have one person stretch open the balloon while the other places it in.

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Do this for about 8-10 balloons creating your snowballs!

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With the cardboard, make score signs and place inside each tin bucket. 

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Set up a safe play area where they can toss the snowballs into the bucket. I used a soft white fur rug to stage the area for them. 

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Watch them enjoy! Take score if they want and have the winner open his or her snowball first! We divided the balls evenly to keep everyone happy. 

Once the fun is over, after an afternoon or longer, have the kids open the surprise snowballs to reveal their prize!

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Christmas Scented Winter Snowflake Ornament DIY

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What a fun and beautiful craft to make this holiday season! Gather 'round the tree with this Christmas Scented Winter Snowflake Ornament DIY.

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Looking for the perfect gift for grandma or need to bring something to your neighbor's tree trimming party?!  Try this simple craft that really makes a statement on anyone's tree. With the added festive holiday scent, it will bring joy all around. A perfect craft for those cold wintery days.

Here is what you'll need:

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Then use the molds or cookie cutters to make the shape. Each snowflake is unique and so should these ornaments! 

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Carefully remove the snowflake! Then use a small drop of glitter glue and use the paint brush to gently coat the top and sides with glue.

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Let the kids get creative by sprinkling on their own choice of shimmery glitter. Or try this beautiful faux sugar crystal sprinkles that I found! They look so good you'll almost think they are real sugar! I also love these little styrofoam balls I found in the DIY slime aisle at Michaels. They add the perfect touch and look just like falling snow.

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To make this ornament super special and unique we added a few drops of Christmas Wreath scented oil. Who doesn't love the pine tree scent at Christmas time. It fills the room with true Christmas spirit!

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Use the pointy end of the paintbrush handle to poke a small hole in the snowflake. Simply string a thin white satin ribbon to pull this DIY craft all together creating the perfect shimmery snowflake to hang from the tree! This year and every year to come. *TIP- Let dry flat overnight on a nonstick surface for the best shape.

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Try this craft with just your little snowflakes or make it party with a large group! We are making this with Brinkley's Brownie Troup and I know it's going to be a hit and create memories for years to come.

 

DIY Jack-O'-Lantern Chocolate Surprise

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My kids are OBSESSED with the little surprise eggs that our local market sells. Everyday after school they want to go and get one and they barely eat the candy and but they love getting the surprise inside. But they LOVE getting the surprise and breaking open the chocolate. So this Halloween I wanted to make them a little surprise just for them with this DIY Jack-O'-Lantern Chocolate!

I love surprising the kids with fun treats and this Halloween I decided to make them an exciting dessert that they won't forget!

I love candy corn and I know not everyone does but my kids do! They must take after me:)
And every halloween season I have a ton of it around the house. And they ask for it for dessert almost every night. It's a good bargaining trick to make them eat all their dinner!

So filling the chocolate with candy corn was not only festive but also something I know they'd love. Your kids not a fan? Don't worry you can try any  Halloween themed candy that they love.

To make this sweet treat here is what you'll need and I've linked what I used:

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First you'll want to wash and prepare the molds. Make sure that the mold is clean and dry before starting. Then you'll need to melt the chocolate chips in a bowl. I just microwave the entire bag for 60 seconds. Then stir. And if needed I will do a another 20 second increments until it's totally melted. Don't over heat the chocolate!! It's better to melt slowly than to burn the whole batch!

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Then you will carefully fill each mold. The trick is to make sure the chocolate is not super runny when filling the molds since you will need scoop out the middle. Once the mold is full, you'll need to shake out the mold to remove any air bubbles. Pop the bubbles with a toothpick or the tip of a pointy knife. Then spread the inner chocolate out to the sides shallowing out the middle of the pumpkin shape. You can use the back of your spoon to do this. Making sure that the sides are as thick as the middle section of the pumpkin shape.

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Let harden for about 1-2 hours. You can leave longer but don't rush it! The center takes the longest to harden and you won't know it's not completely hardened until it's too late! So be patient!

Once the chocolate hardens you can carefully remove the shapes from the mold. Place a small handful of candies into one side of pumpkin shape.

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Then melt a second smaller batch of chocolate chips. Fill this melted chocolate into the piping bag or zip lock. Place two sides together with the candies inside and carefully bond the two together with the melted chocolate. Wipe any excess off with your finger or the back of a spoon.

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Let harden again for at least an hour and then enjoy! The kids were so thrilled to get their chocolate Jack-O'-Lantern dessert!!

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Super Sweet DIY for Grandparents Day!

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Nothing is more important than making grandparents feel special and this day is here to celebrate them! Everyone loves grandma and grandpa and this adorable surprise will let them know how sweet they are.

They will love receiving this special keepsake from their beloved grandchildren. And will enjoy it for years to come!

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  1. Simply start by adding a quarter size amount of glue on the palm of the child's hand. I love the purple glue by Elmers because it lets you see where you are putting the glue and dries completely clear!
  2. Then have the child place their hand on a piece of paper leaving there pint sized handprint on the paper. 
  3. Drizzle on the faux sprinkles and let sit till dried. *If you don't have faux sprinkles try using glitter or actual sprinkles or nonpareil sprinkles. However real sprinkles may loose color or fade over time. 
  4. Shake off the remaining sprinkles to reveal their tiny little handprint made out of sprinkles.
  5. Finish by adding a loving message and decorate. We used markers to draw candy and added jem stone stickers to really make this sweet surprise!                                                 
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This craft is super simple and I know all the grandparents will just love seeing how much they are cared for on this Grandparents Day!

Princess Fairytale DIY Slime

We transformed this notably icky and gooey yucky stuff into the most magical princess slime that will leave your little ones in awe.

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I just love making all types of fun crafts with Brinkley and even my boys love playing with this stuff. But today we really wanted to make it special with a princess fairytale theme. 

So what better way than to create something pretty (well, that may be a bit of a paradox!) and girly than with glitter fairy-dust!! I really think this may be the prettiest slime I've ever seen! Check out how we created this whimsical DIY slime.

What you'll need:

  • Clear Glue 8 oz (3 x 4 oz bottles)
  • Baking Soda
  • Food Coloring
  • Eye Contact Solution (I recommend the contact solution that I've linked here as the one in the photo didn't work well)
  • Heart Confetti/Sparkles
  • Mixing Bowls and Spoons

How to make:

  • Start by adding the clear glue to a bowl (4 oz)
  • Then add the glitter of choice 
  • Add about 2-3 drops of pink food coloring
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda
  • Combine these ingredients
  • Then add a few drops of the eye contact solution
  • Stir and add more contact solution to get desired consistency 
  • Make a few variations of colors and glitter/confetti (make some lighter by adding less food coloring)

We love this recipe the best! It is by far the most kid friendly recipe we have tried (and we have tried them all)... There are so many ways to make slime but this one is a no brainer and turns out great every time. It has the right consistency and doesn't harder over night which a lot of the other recipes have done. I like the contact solution formula much better than the borax versions. The borax versions I've tried have always come out more like gack or flubber. And for those of you who may not know what the difference is well, it's really just that slime is easier to pull and play with. Gack/flubber just kind of wiggles and around and is more dense. I hope that helps but definitely let me know your thoughts and other recipes below in the comments section! Would love to try them out!

Here we have taken all the colors and lined them up to create this gorgeous pattern! The kids will love mixing and combining the different colors. It reminds me of the old fashioned candy pulling that fascinated me as a kid!!

TIP: Have a boy at home or a not-so-girly-girl that may not be into this pink fairytale slime? Well, simply switch out the pink for blue and add stars instead of hearts and you have a great galaxy slime recipe that I am sure will impress!

 

Red, White & Blue DIY Slime

Make a spark this 4th of July with this amazing DIY Red, White & Blue slime! Liven up any holiday get together with this super simple and fun DIY that the kids and adults will be talking about all summer long.

Slime is all the rage right now, especially with my little ones. We love mixing and making all types of crafts and concoctions. So slime making has become the go to playdate of choice!

In this DIY we combined regular glitter slime with foam slime for the ultimate effect!

I will show you how to make this icky sticky gooey stuff and transform it into the prettiest mix of colors that may even make you want to get your hands dirty!

It is really very simple and your little ones will be in awe of the pretty colors and mixing this strange textured blob around for hours. Although, making it is just as much fun as playing with it!

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Here is what you'll need:

  • Clear Glue 8 oz (2 x 4 oz bottles)
  • White Glue 4 oz
  • Shaving Cream
  • Baking Soda
  • Food Coloring
  • Eye Contact Solution
  • Red Sparkles and Star Confetti (optional)
  • Mixing Bowls and Spoons

To make the Red:

  • Start by adding the clear glue to a bowl (4 oz)
  • Then add the red glitter (optional)
  • Add about 2-3 drops of red food coloring
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda
  • Combine these ingredients
  • Then add a few drops of the eye contact solution
  • Stir and add more contact solution to get desired consistency 

To Make The Blue:

  • Start by adding the clear glue to a bowl (4 oz)
  • Then add the start confetti (optional)
  • Add about 2-3 drops of blue food coloring
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda
  • Combine these ingredients
  • Then add a few drops of the eye contact solution
  • Stir and add more contact solution to get desired consistency 

To Make the White Foam Slime:

  • Start by adding the WHITE glue to a bowl (4 oz)
  • Then add about 2 tablespoons of foam shaving cream
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda
  • Combine these ingredients
  • Then add a few drops of the eye contact solution
  • Stir and add more contact solution to get desired consistency 

Once you have all the slime made, you can take a portion and line them up in the red, white and blue pattern! Enjoy watching the kids stretch, pull and combine the colors!

Check out how easy it is and try this on your next playdate or backyard BBQ! It's sure to bit a hit! 

Since Brinkley loves making slime almost every day (no joke!!) I came up with this super cute and girly princess slime just for her! We think this may be the prettiest slime we've ever seen. Check it out! Princess Fairytale Slime

 

 

 

Father's Day DIY Surprise Balloons!

My kids love making something special for their dad every year for Father's Day and this year they thought of writing him a letter to tell him all the reasons they love and appreciate him. How cute is that?!!

So, what better way to present dad with these adorable secret love letters than to place them in these fun and exciting confetti filled balloons! 

Just picture delivering these beautiful balloons to dad this Father's Day!

He will be so surprised and delighted to see what the kiddies have planned for him. And then the kids and dad can pop them together to reveal the surprise letters of admiration inside. I know any dad will just love this and remember it for years to come. 

Here is all you need to make this unforgettable moment come to life:

  1. Start with filling a single large clear balloon with confetti of your choice! I selected a light weight tissue paper confetti. It's colorful and will softly fall as the balloons get popped.
  2. Fill one for each child OR have your child write each reason they love dad on individual paper and fill numerous balloons! Let the sky be the limit with this unique Father's Day gift.
  3. Have the child/children write their letter on a small light-weight paper. I would NOT recommend something heavy or bulky like construction paper.
  4. Then, fill the balloons with helium for the ultimate impact! Don't want to buy a helium tank or pay to get them filled? That's ok too... The joy of popping the balloons to reveal a secret love letter is the point of this and a regular air filled balloon will be just as special. Dad won't notice the difference! 
  5. Delivery them to Dad on Father's Day and see his face light up with excitement and wonder

Want to make this moment even more special? Have the kids read dad their letter. He will melt with love and appreciation as the kids share their special letters with him.

Kick off Summer with this Flower Wreath DIY Headband

We are all obsessed with the current snapchat filter of the beautiful festival flower crown and my daughter and I just love playing around looking at ourselves with these beautiful filters too! 

I knew we could make this filter come to life with this super simple DIY craft. And what better way to kick off the summer vibe than getting on trend with this ultra chic hair accessory. 

Dress up any summer BBQ by wearing this stylish flower wreath headband.

How to make:

  1. Headband (We used a couple of Brinkley's old headbands that she doesn't wear often)
  2. Buy or use any artificial flowers your have at home. Here is the link to the ones we used RosesPeony and Orchid
  3. Wire or Pipecleaner (if you want to add Kitty Ears like my daughter did)
  4. Hot Glue Gun (helps to hold heavier items than normal glue plus it dries faster than regular glue so you only have to hold in place for a minute or less before the glue is dry and the item is stuck on securely)

First you'll want to layout your design and place the flowers in a way you'll want them before you glue them on. I used the larger peony flowers for my headband and I added a few of the leaves from the artificial flower arrangement do add more dimension to the design. After trying out a few mixes of roses and peony, I decided on my design and started gluing on the flowers and adding on where I needed. 

For Brinkleys' we started by added the cat ears using a silver pipe cleaner. I wrapped the pipe cleaner around the base of the headband a few times and then formed the cat ear by pinching the top to make a point. Then she chose the orchid flowers to decorate and that was it! 

After using the glue gun on many projects, I let her glue on a couple of the flowers by herself which she was thrilled about! I just warn that you help to hold the item on just incase any glue moves or drips in the process so the little hands don't get burned. It HURTS!! So be so super careful if you decide to let your child help in this process. Brinkley is 6 and does tons of crafts with me all the time and I trust her to a point but am always watching very keenly and never take my eyes of her during this process.

Then we brought our items to a BBQ last weekend and they were a hit with all her friends. They all wanted one and loved dressing up and playing around wearing them.

Make heads turn when your littles (or you... I won't judge!) rock this stylish summer trend!! 

Personalized Mother's Day Bouquet Craft

What better way to show mom you care than with this beautiful Mother's Day Craft!
The kids will love creating this fun DIY craft and you will love cherishing it for years to come.

Make it personal with a family photo or just use pictures of the kids like we did. Each child can make their own or they can join forces and make one together.

How to Make:

1. Start by tracing a vase shape on firm paper or cardboard. We used a piece of a cardboard box from one of our recent online purchases.

2. Then have them trace that shape onto a solid piece of paper.

3. They can paint around the shape as opposed to painting the vase itself giving a modern abstract look.

4. Add a personal family photo or individual pictures. I had them trace their faces out of a photo using a coin and then cut and glue on. 

5. Then have your little ones use ribbon or draw a boarder onto the vase. 

6. Once the paint dries you can help them glue on some dried flowers and artificial flowers. I love letting them mixing it up! If you don't have any dried or fake flowers around they can simply cutting out flower shapes or petals with tissue or construction paper. Or draw their own flowers on separate paper and then cut them out. I just love how it turned out!

6. It looks great as is, but by placing any of your children's artwork in a modern crisp white frame like this it will automatically elevates it to a piece of real modern art that you won't mind hanging the walls. But make sure the frame has room to accommodate the depth of the flowers. I used a shadow box frame. 

This can also be a great gift for grandma!

Capturing a moment in time like this makes it a that much more special and important. What mom doesn't want that for Mother's Day?!!

Creating something personal and honoring mom is the perfect idea this holiday!

Paint Your Own Playdoh - Easter Shapes

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Brinkley, my 6 year old daughter was asking to dye Easter eggs weeks before spring had even sprung! What kid doesn't love dying Easter eggs, right?! Well, I knew I had to come up with another idea that would peak her festive & creative interest. 

Make your own natural colored playdoh and paint them using food coloring and water.

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Lastly add 1 cup of warm water
  • Combine all ingredients. Knead dough until it's no longer sticky
  • Non-stick surface (we used a glossy placemat)
  • Easter cookie cutters
  • Food Dye to make paint (Add a few drops of dye to small bowl of luke warm water) 

Kids love mixing and stirring things and feeling like they are doing it all on their own.  So I pre-filled all the ingredients with the correct amount and left it to my daughter to make herself! 

Then I layed out a few easter themed cookie cutters for her to make shapes with! 

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Finally, we made our own paint by adding some food coloring and water. She was able to paint and decorate them any way she liked! 

Paint and enjoy the Easter Decor!

We let them dry over night and then presented them in an adorable basket! They preserved beautifully for weeks!

 

Pokemon & Shopkins - Easter Egg Hunt with Kinetic Sand

Easter Egg hunt reinvented!

We live in the city and finding a semi-private place to do an easter egg hunt is challenging especially when the only outdoor space in my building isn't even open yet!! That is why I came up with this super fun idea for my kids. No worrying about finding grassy area and just as much fun for them! Plus, the kinetic sand lasts for a long time and you can keep to play with another time. I love putting it out on playdates and letting the kids enjoy the fun texture.

My kids are currently obsessed with Pokemon and Shopkins which are perfect to place inside a little tiny egg. I didn't want to use candy because I know they'll be getting so much of that from the Easter Bunny. 

Here is what you'll need! 

  1. 5lbs of Kinetic Sand
  2. Shopkins
  3. Small Pokemon figurines
  4. Small Easter Eggs
  5. Large Bowl or Bin

Start by emptying the kinetic sand into the bowl or bin of your choice. Make sure there is room for them to move the sand around without it spilling over the top. This large bowl used is very deep and was perfect for this DIY. However, using a plastic bin would work well too. Another option is to try a beverage tub or even a large plastic bucket would also work well.

Then, place the Shopkins and Pokemon figurines into the small easter eggs. The Pokemon toys we ordered were already in an egg so that saved me a step! 

Then cover the eggs deep in the sand and let the kids enjoy searching for them though this thick magical sand that feels like wet sand from the beach. It is easy enough to dig through but harder to find things in as it is denser than regular sand. It is similar in density to brown sugar, just incase you have never touched it. It really does stimulate the senses and can really be soothing to play with. The kids will love this activity this Easter Season.

Want to do this with the kids but don't want to spend a ton? Try using items the kids already own to put inside the eggs.  They will have just as much fun hunting or digging for eggs and discovering what items you have hidden in them! Or try adding loose change. The kids will love adding the coins to their piggy banks.

See what they discover this Easter with this unique Easter Egg Hunt experience!! I know they'll love it. Leave your comments or questions below!

 

Hatchimas DIY

We all know how hard it is to get our hand on an actual Hatchimal, so I decided to take things into my own hand, literally!

I knew I could come up with a simple solution to this dilemma. I wanted my kids to experience the joy of having a hatchimal and since there is not one to be found anywhere in lower Manhattan and they are a fortune online, so I thought I could make this myself! And you can too. It is this simple...

What you'll need:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Plastic wrap & tin foil
  • Newspaper cut into strips
  • Paint Brush
  • Plastic egg or oval shaped object to use as your base to form the egg shape
  • Stuff to put inside the egg (your choice, be creative!)
  • Hot glue gun or masking tape
  • Paint

How to make it:

  • Make the plaster by using equal parts flour to water in a large bowl (1:1 ratio)
  • Take your egg or oval shaped object (cut into two halves) and cover the top half with plastic wrap and the bottom half with tin foil (you will need a center seem and two parts to make this correctly)
  • Dip your newspaper stripes into the flour mixture to coat
  • Start layering the pieces to cover the entire top and lower halves separately
  • Let dry over night
  • Gently remove the hardened pieces from the base
  • Carefully pull out the plastic liner on the top half and leave the tin foil in the base  (this will give your egg structure to hold the items you will be putting inside!
  • Place your surprise items inside (I recommend using a stuffed animal and small candies and treats, my kids are currently obsessed with Pokemon cards, so I added those as well!)
  • Either hot glue or tape the top and bottom pieces together (I had a hard time getting the tape to stick so I used the hot glue gun)
  • Cover seams using a few more pieces of newspaper and the plaster mixture
  • Use a thicker version the mixture (2:1 ration flour to water) to fill in any openings & gaps along the seem. Make it the consistency of a paste or puddy, then use that to fill in gaps before covering with newspaper and the looser (1:1 ratio consistency) 
  • Let dry completely (overnight) before painting 

Then, let the kids enjoy hammering the egg open to find their surprises! My kids helped me make the egg and knew what what was inside but that didn't stop them from having a blast with destroying the egg and finding the items inside! 

Learn a thing or two... President's Day Educational DIY

There are many holiday's that the kids have off from school. But this President's Day, make time to teach them by having them do a fun DIY Craft dedicated to educating them about what this holiday really stands for. 

Washington's Birthday, or better known as President's Day, happens every year on the 3rd Monday of February. It's to honor the first president of the United States, George Washington. However, it's to honor and remember all the presidents. 

I wanted to make sure that my kids understood the importance of this day and to recognize that it is not just a day off from school but a day where we look at the history of our nation. 

My older son, Brycen, really loves the presidents and probably knows more than I do about them and when they served. Studying can be fun and here is how we will be celebrating this President's day with this fun DIY craft of all the American Presidents.

Here is what you'll need:

  • Paper (preferably card stock or something durable but not too thick)
  • Glue Stick
  • Print out of the American Presidents
  • Puzzle print out
  • Kid scissors

How to make it:

  • Start by taking your puzzle print out
  • Glue the puzzle design on the back of your card stock or cardboard
  • Then take your Presidents Print out and have them glue it to the front
  • Let them cut the puzzle shapes out
  • Spend time having them remake there puzzle 
  • Ask them questions about the presidents (Try this Fun Fact Page by mistergworld.com)

Gingerbread House Decorating Fun- Life-size!

Make your kid's dreams come true with this life-size gingerbread house idea!

My kids just love the little playhouses made out of cardboard and I love them too, because the kids are entertained for days... playing and coloring them until they are literally destroyed and then I get to throw them out! 

This year I was inspired by the gingerbread house decorating competition I was watching on the Food Network and I decided I would do something similar at home. I have seen the cardboard houses in the brown color (normally they are white) and so I ordered one from Target... along with all these other goodies from Oriental Trading. Here is how simple and fun this was! And how cute! All the kids from the neighborhood will love coming over to see, play and decorate! 

  1. Build the simple to construct cardboard play house from Target
  2. Decorate the house with large candy decorations like these from Oriental Trading
  3. Adult only!! Use a hot glue gun to glue the main decorations to the house (this will help hold the decorations on securely so the kids can play and use the house for the coming days)
  4. Add fake snow on roof (can use felt)
  5. Let the children add actual candy (like gumdrops and peppermint) & snowflakes using Elmers Glitter Glue- if the candy is large or heavy you can glue them using the hot glue gum for a firmer hold
  6. Add wire string lights
  7. Use decals to decorate the floor and/or window
  8. Use a white rug/throw to look like snow (I picked this up from Century 21)
  9. Let the kids color their own designs with Crayola Scented Markers 
  10. Enjoy days of fun with this!!

Happy Holidays! 

Smells so good, you'll want to eat it too! But don't!!!! Hot Chocolate Playdoh DIY

I love playdoh and I always let my kids make a mess and have fun with it. It really keeps them entertained for so long and just seeing them being creative and "in the zone" really inspires me. 

This season I wanted to do something fun for them!

I was at a tree trimming party with my daughter and they were serving hot cocoa in these adorable glass mugs. When we got home, it hit me, why don't we make this out of playdoh!

Here's how we created this fun and nostalgic holiday season drink; marshmallows included!

Here is what you'll need:

  • Flour, Salt, Cream of Tarter, Food Dye, Vegetable oil, Essential oil or natural scent, small glass mugs, glitter (optional), hot water
  • Combine:
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup salt
  3. teaspoon cream of tarter
  4. tablespoon vegetable oil
  • In a separate bowl, combine:
  1. 1 cup of hot water
  2. 20 drops of essential oil or natural scent
  3. 1/8 teaspoon - 1/2 teaspoon food dye (add as much as needed for desired color)
  • Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and combine (add more scent and/or color as desired)
  • Stir and kneed dough until totally combined 
  • Do this in seperate bowls for the chocolate and the marshmellow
  • *Add a few shakes of glitter to the marshmallow dough
  • Layer the chocolate scented dough into the small mug or jar
  • Then top with a small amount of the marshmallow dough 
  • Cover and store (this will last up to 2 months if covered properly or for ultimate freshness store in the refrigerator)

We wanted our chocolate dough to smell really super chocolatey so we added a few more drops of the essential oil! Add as much or little as you like!

To finish, add a holiday ribbon and label for a cute little gift for friends! The kids will love playing with this.. watch their faces light up when they open and smell the sweet scents. I know a lot of kids love to eat playdoh so make sure they don't eat it! It doesn't taste as good as it smells... Trust me!